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Cycling News Extra for September 2, 2005

Date published:
September 02, 2005, 1:00 BST
  • Wim Amels dies

    Article published:
    September 02, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Mark Zalewski, North American Editor

    Dutch cycling journalist Wim Amels has died suddenly on Wednesday morning, aged 53. Amels worked for...

    Dutch cycling journalist Wim Amels has died suddenly on Wednesday morning, aged 53. Amels worked for De Telegraaf for many years and was also involved as a press agent for a number of races, including the Ster Elektrotoer. Cyclingnews sends its condolences to Wim Amels' family and friends.

  • Try to keep up with Fast Freddie in San Fran

    Article published:
    September 02, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Mark Zalewski, North American Editor

    Davitamon-Lotto's Fred Rodriguez will hold an group ride this Saturday, September 3, through...

    Davitamon-Lotto's Fred Rodriguez will hold an group ride this Saturday, September 3, through beautiful San Francisco, along with the Team Swift Junior Cycling Program.

    The ride, open to all who wish to join, begins at 11:00 a.m. and will depart from the parking lot adjacent to the "Roundhouse" building on the southeast side of the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza. The group will travel north across the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin Country for approximately one hour, before heading back to San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza where the three-time USPRO champion will greet fans, sign autographs and present his Fast Freddie Turbo Blend Coffee at the "Fast Freddie Coffee" expo booth.

  • Liquigas-Bianchi taking shape for 2006

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    September 02, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Mark Zalewski, North American Editor

    The Italian Liquigas-Bianchi team has started to take shape for next season. Today the team...

    The Italian Liquigas-Bianchi team has started to take shape for next season. Today the team confirmed the signings of Luca Paolini (Quick Step-Innergetic) and Manuel Quinziato (Saunier Duval-Prodir) for two-year deals. Liquigas also has three neo-pros on the roster for 2006: Eros Capecchi (GS Mastromarco, 19 yrs), Alberto Curtolo (Marchiol-Ima-Famila, 21 yrs), and Mauro Da Dalto (from Marchiol-Ima-Famila, 24 yrs).

    Finally, there are a number of riders with agreements that are valid until at least the end of 2006: Michael Albasini, Dario Andriotto, Magnus Bäckstedt, Patrick Calcagni, Kjell Carlström, Dario Cioni, Daniele Colli, Danilo Di Luca, Stefano Garzelli, Enrico Gasparotto, Nicola Loda, Vladimir Miholjevic, Matej Mugerli, Andrea Noè, Franco Pellizotti, and Charly Wegelius.

  • Changes afoot for Tour de Georgia

    Article published:
    September 02, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Mark Zalewski, North American Editor

    By Mark Zalewski, North American Editor After four years as the Dodge Tour de Georgia, the six-day...

    By Mark Zalewski, North American Editor

    After four years as the Dodge Tour de Georgia, the six-day race will have a new title sponsor for 2006 after Dodge did not renew its $1 million sponsorship. And that is not the only change for the race. The State of Georgia has licensed the race entirely to Medalist Sports of Tyrone, Ga. This gives the sports marketing firm complete control of the event - a departure from its previous role of only logistical planning. The firm will need to find and secure a new title sponsor and take over the marketing and media relations aspects of the event.

    The state will still own the race via the nonprofit Georgia Partnership for Economic Development (GPED) and a portion of the proceeds will still benefit the Georgia Cancer Coalition, according to Medalist Sports managing partner Chris Aronhalt. "The race is still owned by a nonprofit a 501(c)6 entity, but we and the board have reached an agreement," Aronhalt told Cyclingnews. "The state is still a major sponsor of the event. The structure will be the same, we just took more of the responsibility of the event."

    He and partner Jim Birrell have provided logistics for the three previous editions of the race and are confident that they can assume total control of marketing the event as well. "We are always striving to improve the race - our focus now will be in terms of marketing and value back to the corporate partners."

    The first and biggest problem the firm is facing is finding a new title sponsor to replace Dodge. Finding cycling sponsorship is certainly not the easiest task for race promoters in the U.S., and finding one to foot a seven-figure race that has ties to both the local economy as well as national or even international marketing ambitions is even harder. In previous editions, the sponsorship money has been a last-minute ordeal, leaving the other race plans in the air. But Aronhalt assures that a sponsor deal is in the works...

  • Hammond denies Simpson/Millar reference

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    September 02, 2005, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Jeff Jones, Bikeradar.com

    By Jeff Jones British cyclist Roger Hammond has denied making comments to UK newspaper The Herald...

    By Jeff Jones

    British cyclist Roger Hammond has denied making comments to UK newspaper The Herald (reported on Cyclingnews earlier today) that mentioned Tom Simpson and David Millar in connection with the Lance Armstrong/L'Equipe affair. Specifically, after defending his former teammate Armstrong in the article, Hammond was reported to have said that the public has heard protestations of innocence before from countrymen Tom Simpson and David Millar. Both riders were ultimately guilty of doping.

    But Hammond told Cyclingnews today that neither of those riders had anything to do with the Armstrong case. "They went through the doping process and were proved guilty. Lance didn't fail a dope test," he said.

    "What I find sad about the whole situation is that Lance has given so much to cycling and so much to cancer sufferers the world over. He should be given the benefit of the doubt. He should be treated as someone that hasn't failed a dope test and won seven Tours de France...I don't judge anybody until there is a positive sample. "

    Hammond adamantly refused to call the test results published by L'Equipe 'positive' samples. "There's nothing positive about it. It has to be done properly. They had access to those results and also to those samples. The reason there are protocols there are to protect us [the riders]. Who knows who's working in that lab? How do you know it's not Bernard Hinault's son working in the lab? The labs want us to trust them, but how can we do that if they've treated us like this?"

    Hammond also strongly favours more drug testing, provided it is done properly. "I fully support as much drug testing as there is. I also fully support that the right protocols are followed. Otherwise any of us are at risk."